Six word Saturday

It may not be the biggest…

….or oldest, but Carnaval, Altura style, is still a whole lot of fun.  At this coastal village in the Eastern Algarve, the audience, and especially the children, are every bit as much a part of the show as the cast of characters, both on and off the floats.  The enthusiasm is hugely infectious.

I found it equally impossible to resist the boisterous charms of Carnaval at Loule, the big one, but I have shared most of my photos on my Restlessjo Facebook page.  I was invited along on a photographic walk with Dave Sheldrake, a successful Algarve photographer and a very nice chap.  If you want to see how the professionals do it, have a look on his wife Alyson’s Algarve blog.

Meantime, have a great weekend,  and don’t forget your six words for Debbie.  I’ll be back with a walk on Monday.


  1. Fun and colorful, Jo! I remember carnival in Belgium as a kid’s event. The parade and floats were put together and performed by adults, but the main attraction for us kids, besides dressing up, was collecting all the candy and mandarins that were thrown in the audience from the floats. 🙂

  2. Love local parades, and this one looked like a fun one. The costumes for Carnivale are so bright and engaging. Once again, I’m back to playing catch up with my blog reading, Jo – it was great to see this one by you first!

    1. You’re not wrong! We’re sitting by one of our favourite cafes with a birthday party going on and an international cycle race about to finish just around the corner. All happening here in the sunny Algarve xx

  3. OMG I love a parade and this does not disappoint. I followed all of your links and am impressed by your pictures as well as Dave’s. My favorites are the ones of the children – love the little dragon! Just one more reason to sail to the Algarve!

  4. This does look like every bit the fun carnival, Jo. Really like that person dressed up in the corn suit. Looks like quite a bit of a crowd behind her, but don’t know if they are actually watching her. Must be watching the floats. The weekend is already half over here but I am looking forward to enjoying the rest of it. Have a good weekend, Jo 🙂

    1. The crowd are half the entertainment, Mabel, and there’s always a wonderful atmosphere. 🙂 🙂 Thanks, darlin! There was an international cycle race on here today so the place was a bit mad. Trick cyclists and free hats 🙂

      1. I may be being nostalgic, but there was also more community spirit when I grew up. No one had much money, but there were a lot of community events. Must say there are a lot in Cornwall, but many are definitely driven by financial gain and aimed at drawing the tourists in.

    1. There’s a festival on here almost every weekend, but Carnival is the big one. They don’t have a lot of money but are very good at finding pleasure in small things. Nostalgia is right, Jude. It’s sometimes like stepping back in time here (but the bike race was very hi tec 🙂 )

  5. Looks great fun Jo! And yes, the sunshine has helped – with sun and fun together you just have to smile.
    I’m very very tempted to go to Venice Carnival again next year, but I can see I need to add an Algarve one to my schedule too

    1. We were surprised how big it is here, Debs. So many nice small venues too. 🙂 🙂 I wouldn’t mind coming with you to Rio- your treat! 🙂 But I guess Venice would do.

      1. Yes, I think so! There was a rather brilliant honeycomb with giant bees and guys in veiled hats, ‘fumegating’ them and having a good laugh, but I didn’t get good photos of them, sadly. Not easy in the thick of it 🙂

      2. Market shortly then Barril, and Alcoutim tomorrow I think. How about you?

        PS sorry not got back on lunch yet – will pin MrB down today on it!

      3. No hurry at all! Only a very loose plan for the week ahead. Lazy one today (Mick still in bed! Says the bike race is on today) and the council walk from Santa Luzia tomorrow. 🙂 🙂

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